Why did the Mets say no to a pretty reasonable Halladay offer?

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I mentioned nine potential trading partners in my silly little Roy Halladay post yesterday,
but I didn’t mention the Mets who, unlike most of those other teams,
apparently received and rejected a proposal from the Jays. The rumor
comes via TwitterSpeak from Jon Heyman:

#mets rejected request of package of f-mart, niese, parnell and ruben tejada for halladay. #jays

That would be Francisco Martinez, Bobby Parnell, Jon Niese and Ruben
Tejada. Which, despite what Mets fans will tell you, is not some elite
package or anything. If that’s all it takes to get Halladay, I’m going
to have to revise my “Halladay is not going anywhere” mantra.

I’m more interested in this from the Mets’ perspective. I suspect
saying no to this means that the Mets are acknowledging the reality of
their situation, and that’s that they’re not in the playoff race this
year. I further suspect that their saying no means that the Jays are
making good on their “no one gets to talk to Halladay about extensions
threat from last week and/or that the Mets don’t have the dough to
spend on a Halladay extension. After all, the Mets have to do this deal
if they think they’re contenders or if they can be assured of having
Halladay around for a while, because really, the requested package is
less than they paid to get Johan Santana.

Of course there’s one final possibility: The Mets are simply broke and can’t pay the dude.

UPDATE: OK, maybe all of this is bogus.

(link via BTF)

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.